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Progress Measurements:
About the Indicators

The indicators of metropolitan Kansas City's progress in achieving its goals compare the region's performance against two different types of standards.

First, they compare the region against a set of peer metropolitan areas drawn from cluster analysis by the Brookings Institution in CEOs for Cities: The Changing Dynamics of Urban America. (See details of Brookings' cluster analysis in Appendix D of that report. The Kansas City area is in Cluster 11.)

Second, the indicators examine the region against itself either by looking at trends or by using maps of particular characteristics to identify geographic areas of strength and weakness.

Peer metros

The peer metros identified by Brookings are:

  • Denver
  • Indianapolis
  • Minneapolis
  • Omaha
  • Salt Lake City

Brookings also suggested including Austin as a metro that is in a cluster performing higher than Kansas City's, and St. Louis as an example of a metro performing in a cluster lower than Kansas City's.

In addition, depending on data availability or to provide clearer upper and lower bounds to the data, we sometimes also include Dallas as an example of a larger metro with no land constraints and Portland as an example of a metro making a concerted effort to create a more compact urban form.

In Metro Outlook 2.0, we collectively refer to all of the above metropolitan areas as “peers.”

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